Thursday, 9 May 2013

Foster caring - Please Consider Fostering Someone in Bedfordshire

Get in the frame with Foster Care Fortnight 2013
Central Bedfordshire Council is backing national charity the Fostering Network’s call for people to ‘Get in the Frame’ and think about becoming foster carers. The appeal for people to come forward comes as part of Foster Care Fortnight, their annual awareness raising campaign.
Figures released by the charity show that there is a need to recruit an extra 9,000 foster carers in 2013 alone, to provide loving homes and skilled, dedicated care for some of the UK’s most vulnerable children.
The campaign is being backed by some big names from stage, television and literature, including Lorraine Pascal, author Jacqueline Wilson and Dani Harmer, who played her most famous creation Tracey Beaker in the popular TV show.
Speaking ahead of Foster Care Fortnight Cllr Mark Versallion, Executive Member for Children’s Services, said:
"We are asking people to put themselves in the frame this Foster Care Fortnight because we know that foster carers transform the lives of children and young people. There is simply no substitute for the love, support and stability that a fostering family offers.
“We desperately need more foster carers. You can be single or married, you can work, and if you do decide that fostering is for you our dedicated team will support you every step of the way.
“If you think you can make a difference, please get in touch with our Fostering Team.”
For more information about Fostering locally, please visit website www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/fostering or call the team on 0300 300 8181.
Alternatively you could take a look at this YouTube video – ‘Fostering in Bedfordshire an insight’. It tells the stories of current foster carers and care leavers, as they share there experiences of fostering and talk about the difference it has made to their lives.  You view the video online www.youtube.com/centralbedfordshire